My new podcast is up, and it's all about whether or not to get men involved in housework! Or how to get men involved in housework, if need be!
That's a big debate, isn't it? Should men have to help around the house? Should the woman do it all? What's fair? And what does God ask us to do?
I deal with that a lot in To Love, Honor and Vacuum, and let me tell you that there are no hard and fast rules. So much depends on your family and on the unique circumstances there.
But I do give you some tips on how to figure out a good balance. I can tell you that when my husband was working 120 hours a week, I didn't want him to vacuum when he got home. I wanted him to play with the kids. But at other points in our marriage we worked out other arrangements.
The longer I've been married, the more I find that I do enjoy cooking, so I always do that. But he always pays the bills. And that's one of the problems--when we focus on housework, we often ignore the other things that men do do around the home. They may mow the grass, or care for the bills, or fix stuff. And we don't count that.
Personally, I think everybody should be working roughly equally. If he's working a nine hour day, we should be, too. But we shouldn't be working a 15 hour day if he's only working a 7-hour day. It just makes us too exhausted and builds a bunch of resentment.
I've been over to many women's homes where the men sit there, just talking, for an hour and a half while the women prepare all the food and try to balance the children. If the men have been working all day and are now just relaxing, that's one thing. But if it's on a Sunday lunch and everybody's been doing the samething all day, that's quite another. I'm not sure it's always a great idea for men to get off scot free when it comes to caring for the home, and I certainly don't think it sets a good example for the kids. Men may not want to cook--it may not be their thing. But there are some things guys can do, and leaving everything to the women is not a great recipe for marital harmony.
But if you're feeling taken for granted, how do you get him involved? And what do you say? That's a bit of what I deal with in this podcast, though more so in my book. But I do believe that we women often undermine ourselves, because when he does try to help, we often criticize. We expect him to be just like us, instead of letting him be a guy and still help. And we also often nag, which is the exact wrong thing to do, both in terms of building a good marriage and in terms of getting his help.
So if you need to try to figure this out, why not listen to my latest podcast? It's just six minutes long, and gives you some things to think about.
And if you want to go even deeper into the subject, you can pick up To Love, Honor and Vacuum: When you feel more like a maid than a wife and a mother!
Now, why don't you leave a comment and tell how you work it out in your house!
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